United States Naval Reserve
Robert Henry Buchler was born on September 2, 1918. He entered the service on January 9, 1942 from Chicago, Illinois. Following basic training, Seaman Buchler joined the crew of the USS Savannahon August 25, 1942. He was killed in action on September 11, 1943 during the Invasion of Salerno, Italy.
On the day of his death, Seaman Buchler was aboard the Savannahsupporting the invasion. A radio-controlled Fritz X glide-bomb had been released by a high-flying German warplane and exploded a safe distance from the USS Philadelphia.
The Savannahincreased her speed as a Dornier Do 217 K-2 bomber approached. A Fritz X Bomb hit the ship and pierced through the gun turret and three decks, landing in the ammunition-handling room. It exploded and killed 197 people.
Awards: Purple Heart - Buried at Sea
Robert Henry Buchler is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery.